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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Not law but irritating - College text book author "explains" how to deal with high cost of texts

College text books have gotten more and more expensive, nearing $200 per book. Students often try to find used texts; many go without. The answer?

Michael Granof, a professor of accounting at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and a textbook author, writes today in an op-ed piece in the NY Times that the cause of the problem is that students are able to buy used textbooks.

He does not suggest lower-priced text books. Rather he urges licensing textbooks, as is currently the case with software. The university would collect and pay the licensing fee to the publisher. This would be on top of the cost of the textbook. Incredible.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 12, 2007 06:34 PM
Posted to General News